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What the New Foreign Exchange Global Code Means for Corporations

CXI June 27th, 2017
What the New Foreign Exchange Global Code Means for Corporations


A new FX Global Code was recently released by the Global Foreign Exchange Committee to be used as a guideline for the foreign exchange market. Many ongoing investigations of currency manipulation has prompted the crucial need to create this code.

The code was created through a partnership between central banks, regulators, and market participants from 16 international jurisdictions. Its goal is to promote integrity, transparency and effective functioning of the wholesale foreign exchange market. 



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As a result, this will allow corporations to confidently and effectively perform transactions at competitive prices that mirrors available market information, and in a way that adjusts to acceptable standards of behavior for everyone across the board.

“The code improves the effectiveness of the market and should lead to more efficiency, enabling companies to conduct foreign exchange transactions and currency hedging at lower costs,” said Karim Haji, according to WSJ.

What are the 6 Leading Priciples of the FX Global Code?


Promote fairness and integrity of the FX market

information sharing
Information Sharing

Maintain accurate and clear communication to ensure confidentiality


Maintain responsibility for and comprehensive oversight of their FX market activity

risk management and compliance
Risk Management and Compliance

Effectively identify, manage, and report on the risks associated with engagement in the FX market


Promote openness and transparency when negotiating and executing transactions

Confirmation and Settlement Processes

Promote predictable and timely settlement of transactions in the FX Market

Source: Global Foreign Exchange Committee


Who Does The FX Global Code Apply To?

The code was written with diversity in mind for those that engage with the foreign exchange market. It should be used as a reference for responsible participation within the foreign exchange market. Here’s a list that defines who would be considered a market participant:

foreign exchange markets

Active in FX markets through purchase or sale of currencies or in transactions designed to result in gains or losses based upon the change in one or more FX rates

foreign exchange benchmark

Provides FX benchmark execution services

foreign exchange operations

Operates a facility, system, platform, organization through which participants have the ability to execute the type of transactions described above

foreign exchange retail

Is not considered a retail market participant in the relevant jurisdiction

​Source: Global Foreign Exchange Committee



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